Below are some other helpful definitions of terms that may be of some use
to new Postcard collectors.
Antique Postcard: Generally any postcard published before WWI. Arcade Card: Postcard size, but without a postcard back.
Usually came from vending machines
Artist Signed: The artist's signature is reproduced with the artwork on the
Chrome Era: The term Chrome originated with Kodak's Kodachrome
film. Chromes were the first color postcards produced from color film and
printed with the photo mechanical process. Union oils of 1939 were the first
Chromolithograph: Sometimes called "Chromo" a reproduction process
using finely grained lithographic tones from continuous-tone negatives.
Continental Size: Postcards measuring 4" by 6". Most published after
1940's. Many Foreign cards are were also published
prior to 1940's.
Deltiology: The collecting and study of postcards. The words is derived from
"delti" (Little picture) and
"logy" theory, science, or study of.
Golden Age The period between the Spanish American War and World War I when the
collecting of postcards was at it's peak.
Linen Era: Were widely printed in the U.S.
in the late 1930's and earlu 1940's when access to
quality European printing was restricted by high tariffs. Linens are typically
printed in vivid colors on paper with a line-textured surface, and they tend to
have a shadowless airbrushed appearance.
Pioneer Postcard: A postcard produced prior to July 1, 1898 of the Private Mailing Act of May 19, 1898.
Private Mailing Card: A card mailed between 1898 and 1902.
Standard Size: Postcard measuring 3 1/2" by 5 1/2", either vertical,
Real Photo: A picture postcard made directly on photographic paper with a
postcard back. Click Here for More Photo Stamp
Box INFO. SASE: Self addressed, stamped envelope. A query which does not
include remittance, but where a reply is expected, should allways
be accompanied by an SASE.
Abbreviations used for Common
CODE PUBLISHER NOTE: Use the SEARCH feature to find
Postcards available for sale!
ABBruce, A., Hoquim, Wash.
AFBA. F. Broad 48 Third St.,
ALCArt Litho Co.
ANDAllen News Depot
ALWArt Litho Co. - For Wall Nichols Co., Ltd.
BAPBardell Art Ptg.Co., San Francisco, California.
PS: There may be a connection with
Collins - McCarthy Candy Company
ofSan Francisco in the 1911-1915 era.
will require more investigation!
BOBardell & On'neill, San Francisco, California.
BRDBardell Art Ptg. Co. San Francisco
BPBardell Process, San Francisco, California.
CAGGerhard, C.A.Corvallis, Oregon
CBCheney Bros., Healdsburg, California.
CBSCannons Book Store - Roseburg,
CCPPierce, C. C. & Co.
CDCase & Draper
CDCCann Drug Co., Reno, Nevada
CLAAydelotte, C.L., Santa Cruz, Cal.
CMBBruner, C.M., Santa Rosa, Cal.
COFCawston Ostrich Farm, So.Pasadena, Cal.
CPCalifornia Postcard Co., Los Angeles, California.
CRSSavage, C.R., Salt
CVCCardinal Vincent Co., San Francisco, U.S.A.
DMIImlay, D.M., Spokane, Wash.
DPDexter Press -- chrome
EABBardel, E.A. & Co., Norwich, Conn.
EASEvans Art Store, Bellingham Bay, Wash.
ECKE C Kropp
EHME H Mitchell
EMPEmpire Distributor Co., Vancouver B.C.
EP1/CH1Ditto - San Francisco, Cal.
EP2/CH2Ditto - Portland, Oregon
EP3/CH3Ditto - Los Angeles, Cal.
EP4/CH4Ditto - Sacramento, Cal.
EP5/CH5Ditto - San Diego, Cal.
EP6/CH6Ditto - Oakland, Cal.
EP7/CH7Ditto - Fresno, Cal.
EP8/CH8Ditto - Tacoma, Wash.
EP9/CH9Ditto - Seattle, Wash.
EP10/CH10Ditto - Spokane, Wash.
EP12/CH12Ditto - Stockton, Cal.
ESEE. Schwartzchild, Eugne, Oregon
EVAEvans Art Store, Bellingham Bay, Wash.
FCFields & Cole Co., Santa Cruz, Cal.
FDSShaw, F.D., Hotel Spokane, Spokane, Wash.
FMOOrdway, F.M. & Sons, Merced, Cal.
FRRosenthal, F., Tulare, Cal.
GAGG. A. Gerard, Corvallis, Oregon
GAMGabriel Moulin, San Francisco,
GDHHorton, G.T., Snohomish, Wash,
GGGoeggel & Weidner
GLMMinott, G.L., Gardner, Mass.
GMGraham Merriam, TheCo., Seattle, Wash.
HDHawes and Dusterberry, Centerville, Cal.
HJJJones, H.J., Albany, Oregon
HOFHopf Bros, Seattle, Washington.
HSCH S Crocker
HTTH T Tammen
HWSSimkins, H.W., Palo Alto, Cal.
JAJohnston - Ayers Co.
JBCCaro, J.B., Juneau, Alaska
JFEEicherly, J.F., Juneau,
JMSSchemel, J.M., Gilroy, Cal.
JSPSteiner, Joseph, Port Townsend, Wash.
KTHKeith, David, Wenatchee, Wash.
LEVLevinson, Harry, Visalia, Cal.
LOWLower California Commercial Co., Inc. Lower California, Mexico
MBSSneded, M.B., Niles, Cal.
MRMike Roberts (chrome)
MACMission Art & Curio Store, Monterey, Cal.
MRDR/MRDM. Reider, Los Angeles, Cal.
MSSmith, Mrs. M., Vallejo, Cal.
MZMaze, The, Petaluma, Cal.
NHRN. H. Reed
NDCNewlin Drug Co., La Grande, Oregon
NPPC/NPCNewman Postcard Co. (Also
NPWNational Postcard Week
OEGGoetz, O.E., Nome, Alaska
OLDOwl Drug Co., Oakland, Cal.
OLKOwl Drug Co., Lakeport, Cal.
OLSOwl Drug Co., San Francisco, Cal.
OLLOwl Drug Co., Los Angeles, cal.
OWLOwl Drug Co.
PBSPioneer Book Store
PILStanley A Piltz (linen)
PPCCPacific Publishing Co (Vancouver B.C., Canada)
PPCPortland Postcard Co.
POLThe Polin Brothers, Post Office News Stand,
RNDRand Bros., Oakland, Cal.
R&D/S&R/ROD Sword & Rose E H
Mitchell & other Venders
RHORhodes 10 cent Store, Seattle, Wash.
RHWWarfield, R.H. & Co., Prop of California Hotel
SADSadlers, Berkeley, Cal.
SBSSherfey's Book Store, Moscow, Idaho
SFS. F. Card Co.- S. A. Pratt
SHShaw & Hodgins, Snohomish, Wash.
SINSing Fat & Co., Publisher, San Francisco
SISInch, S. & Son, Placerville, Cal.
SMSSmith's Book Store, Dawson, Y.T. (Yukon Territory)
SMBSmith Bros., Oakland, Cal.
SMWSmith Western Inc., Portland, Oregon.
SOU/SV/SPCSouvenir Publishing Co., San Francisco, Cal.